Saturday, January 09, 2016

Family Business

We left a week ago and drove to northern Indiana for a family funeral. It was a tragic loss. Terry's Mom was a twin. He is an only child and his aunt (his mom's twin) had one child, a girl. The twins were the only children of his grandparents and then he and his cousin were the only children born to the next generation.

His cousin Debi was married to Jim and last March they were both diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer there is. Jim's was further advanced and they decided on palliative care for him. He died in mid-June at age 64. Debi had surgery to remove as much of the tumor as they could and then she followed up with chemo and radiation. Her father, who is 84, took care of her at his home until she needed more care than he could provide. She died last week at age 60.

They have three children and three grandchildren. They must all go on now without their parents/grandparents, losing them both within six months of each other. We pray for them.


2 comments:

Colleen Phipps said...

So very sorry to hear this. Life is sometimes so unfair. I know you will be there for them too.

Dale said...

Thanks, Colleen. Most of Terry's close Indiana family is gone. He has an uncle and some cousins from his Dad's family and Debi's kids. Still has some cousins and an uncle in Mississippi.